Fantastic firework displays illuminate the Suffolk skies this weekend as Guy Fawkes night is celebrated in a blaze of glory and a shower of spectacular sparks!
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes
T‘was his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow.
By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
For over 400 years bonfires have blazed on the 5th of November in remembrance of the failed gunpowder plot. The name of one man, Guy Fawkes, has been forever etched into history. However, the foiled attempt to blow up Parliament and, in doing so, assassinate the king and his closest advisors, was not perpetrated by just one man, but 13 conspirators – one of whom was actually from Suffolk.
Ambrose Rookward, a wealthy owner of a Suffolk estate, was coerced into joining the ranks of the conspirators. His large stable of horses located at Coldham Hall was extremely useful in the transport of powder and the escape of the plotters. Ambrose met his demise, alongside six of his co-conspirators, during the shootout that followed the discovery of Guy Fawkes surrounded by gunpowder; his pocket full of matches.
Though we may only remember the name of Guys Fawkes, the act will never be forgotten and preparations for bonfire night have evolved over the centuries. In 1605 Londoners lit fires in celebration of the King’s safety. Now, over 400 years later, we celebrate with huge bonfires, burning effigies of Guy Fawkes, and fantastically dramatic firework displays. Our cosy corner of coastal Suffolk produces some spectacular evenings of family fun with some of the most beautiful displays that ensure the celebrations go off with a bang!
This year the biggest events happen on Saturday the 3rd of November. We have compiled three family-friendly fireworks events, packed full of fun, all under 30 minutes’ drive from our luxury self-catering accommodation here at Mollett’s Farm (plus a bonus event on Monday 5th that you could even walk to!). Head to any of these events and you will feel the warmth and spark of celebration in your soul.
An evening of glitz and glamour – Heveningham Hall Fireworks
Head over to the beautiful, grade 1 listed Heveningham Hall for a fun-packed evening of fireworks, food and live music! The expansive grounds, nestled between the villages of Heveningham and Walpole, will have food stalls, two bars, a live music stage, a vintage funfair, and of course their gigantic bonfire – which will be lit at 4.45pm.
Make sure to arrive before 7pm because that’s when the sky will light up with a massive display by Full Effects Fireworks. This is truly a night of fun for all the family, but the organisers request you leave your four-legged friends safe and cosy at home away from the noise. Find out more about the Heveningham Hall fireworks, tickets and live bands on their website.
Fire and tyre screeching fury – Foxhall Stadium’s Firework Spectacular Gala
Petrol heads and adrenaline junkies unite! Every year Foxhall Stadium hosts their legendary Fireworks Gala. The doors open at 3.30pm and racing begins at 6pm. Expect a night full of pulse-raising, adrenaline-fuelled action with a double-dose of pedal to the metal. Over 60 bangers will take to the track to battle for victory, rubber burning stock cars will weave at top speed in the 2.0-litre Saloon Stock Racing, followed by a sky illuminating fireworks display and some serious stunts.
Foxhall Stadium is a fantastic family environment and has a vibrant, buzzy atmosphere. You can get really close to the action next to the track fences and feel the flames as the stunt drivers blow up a caravan or two! Find out more about tickets and the races at the Foxhall Stadium website.
A night of food and fun – Framlingham’s Firework Spectacular
Framlingham is a town renowned for fantastic food and fun-filled events and their Firework spectacular is no exception. This year the close-proximity firework display with be provided by Shell Shock who will be bringing an incredible array of unique and exciting pyrotechnics. Alongside the display will be a wealth of local producers selling refreshments such as mulled wine, cask ales, butchers BBQ’s, candyfloss and much more.
Make sure to book your tickets in advance to be entered into the evening raffle plus a discounted ticket. Every penny of profit from the Firework Spectacular goes back to the community, as it is added to the fund for future fun-filled events in Framlingham. We love it! Gates open at 6pm so to find out more head to their website.
And then there’s the fourth of our three fireworks display suggestions…
Held at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St. Andrew on Monday 5th November. It’s a small hop, skip and a jump from us here at Mollett’s Farm – so close that you can walk there. You’ll find a roaring bonfire, sizzling burgers and their licensed bar will be open for all types of drink. It’s always a brilliant display that far exceeds expectations and there’s no entrance fee. That having being said, voluntary donations to the Riverside Centre are nonetheless gratefully received!
So, how will you decide which of these
three four fantastic fireworks displays in Suffolk to attend?
Well, we can’t make the decision for you, but what we can do is offer the luxury self-catering accommodation, and the cosiest Egyptian cotton sheets to warm your toes and enjoy a good night’s sleep following an evening of sparkle and excitement.
Can’t make it to Suffolk for Fireworks Night? Make sure to check out our blog for upcoming events and things to do on the Suffolk Coast.